Talk Tennis Guru
More of the story (cont from my prev post)...Roddick isn't better than Safin
2 slams > 1 slam
Roddick went deep at the slams more often than Safin in singles. 5 Finals with 5 more SFs for Andy. (4 of those slam finals vs peak Federer). Compared to 4 Finals + 3 more SFs for Marat.
Roddick fared a bit better in Masters 1000s as well. They both won 5 M1000 events but Andy reached more finals than Marat. And 4 of Marat's finals, where he won 3 of his 5 M titles, came at the Paris Masters.
Paris, with a small draw of 48, usually represents less (somewhat weaker) competition than the other Masters 1000 events. Draws for these other events are typically 64 or 96 (and, at least, 56).
Roddick ahead 4-3 in h2h vs Safin. Safin won their 2004 AO final in 5 sets. Roddick won their 2007 AO final in 4 sets. A-Rod won their 2004 IW meeting in straights.